The projects, funded by the European Union and financed through the Boosting Agriculture and Food Security (BAFS) Project, a flagship project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), will target Smallholder Farmers as the driving force of agricultural production in Sierra Leone.
Solidaridad Network West Africa and Cotton Tree Foundation will focus on cashew, coffee and cocoa, with the objective of ensuring an efficient and effective value chains of cash crops for export are promoted with special focus on increasing quality and quantity of production, processing, marketing and trading, while implementing environmentally sound agricultural practices. Stitching BRAC together with PICEP, CEDA and KADDRO will focus on livestock development, with an objective of improving food security and reducing poverty of 4140 smallholder livestock farmers through fostering diversification of the livestock sector and developing a better functioning livestock value chain. The two Oxfam GB grants will focus on crops and livestock diversification, working with Child Fund and MOPADA for the crops component, and Child Fund and SLAWS on the livestock component.
The Fund finances the project development cost of a broad range of agriculture infrastructure, spanning the entire value chains of the country: from production to the market. The emphasis is on projects that contribute to the food security, income enhancement, job creation, and livelihood of smallholder farmers. These projects will together directly target 6,590 livestock farmers, and 6,205 crops farmers, focusing on 60% women in both categories.
The projects are being implemented in 11 districts of Koinadugu, Bombali, Port Loko, Kono, Western Area Rural, Moyamba, Bo, Kenema Kailahun, Bonthe and Pujehun.